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Tom Barnard vs. Howard Stern: The Origin of the Feud

Tom Barnard vs. Howard Stern: The Origin of the Feud

National radio personality Howard Stern has been a rather prominent footnote in the tale of Tom Barnard's meltdown last week.


After several bizarre Twitter diatribes, Barnard took to his airwaves Friday morning to announce that he is seeking treatment for substance abuse and anger issues.

But yesterday, on Easter Sunday of all days, Barnard returned to Twitter to make clear that turning over a new leaf didn't mean turning the other cheek when it came to his long-running feud with Stern.
So why does Barnard hate Stern so much? The answer can be found in the archives of marksfriggin.com, a website maintained by an obsessive Stern fan who kept a contemporaneous record of the show as he was listening. Starting in April 1997 when he announced his show would be syndicated in the Twin Cities, Stern waged a relentless campaign of harassment against Barnard. Here's the timeline: 

4/16/97 Another New Market: Minneapolis/St. Paul Minnesota
Another station joins the Stern family. WBOB 100.3 is the latest lucky station. Howard spent about 45 minutes yelling about the guy he'll be competing against there in Minneapolis/St.Paul. This guy Tom Barnard has huge ratings out there but Howard thinks he can cut them in half within the year.
4/16/97

Tim Sabean tried to broker peace between Tom Barnard and Howard Stern.
Tim Sabean tried to broker peace between Tom Barnard and Howard Stern.

That got the attention of Tim Sabean, a Minnesota-bred radio industry vet who works with Stern at Sirius Satellite radio. As C.J. revealed last Monday, just four days before Barnard's surprise morning confession:

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